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  • Jon Stewart found a home for 2 goats found wandering around the NYC subway

    By jwadmin on September 1, 2018
    By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN NEW YORK CITY (JTA) — New York City subway riders are used to all sorts of delays — but not usually those caused by wandering goats. Recently, The New York Times reported that two goats wreaked havoc on the N subway line in Brooklyn. Social media users, including the subway’s official account, had fun with the bizarre event. Subway staff and police […]
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  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio denies he has been soft on yeshiva standards

    By jwadmin on August 29, 2018
    (JTA) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio pushed back against criticisms that he has been soft on yeshivas that have illegally declined to offer their students secular studies. Speaking at a recent  press conference , de Blasio said that city officials had “engaged in a dialogue with a number of schools” that was “very productive.” Likely responding to recent harsh […]
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  • Man charged with fraud for fixing synagogue’s bingo game

    By jwadmin on August 15, 2018
    Neil Simon Gross, 71, turned himself into police recently after being charged with gaming fraud, according to Lohud.com, a local news site. Gross, who calls out the numbers at the Yorktown Jewish Center in Westchester County, allegedly took advantage of the position to change the outcome of games. Police were tipped off to the alleged crime and investigated Gross along with the […]
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  • Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver gets 7 years for corruption

    By jwadmin on July 27, 2018
    NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been sentenced to seven years in prison for federal corruption charges. The sentence Friday, July 27, came after a verdict in May in a second trial in two years for Silver. An appellate court overturned his 2016 verdict because of faulty jury instructions. Silver, 74, who was […]
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  • This Orthodox rabbi just took a job at an LGBT synagogue

    By jwadmin on June 28, 2018
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA)  – In many ways, Mike Moskowitz is a typical haredi Orthodox rabbi. He wears a black suit and black hat. He sports a thick, curly beard beneath a closely shaved head. He peppers his speech with liturgical Hebrew and Yiddish words. He quotes from Jewish legal texts. Moskowitz sometimes closes his eyes when he […]
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  • New York City councilman to provide day of gender-segregated beach for constituents

    By jwadmin on June 14, 2018
    NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – A New York City councilman is renting a city beach on Coney Island in order to host gender-segregated swim days for his Jewish and Muslim constituents. Brooklyn Democrat Chaim Deutsch made the announcement on his Facebook page: “For many New Yorkers, including religious Jews and Muslims who observe modesty laws, there isn’t an opportunity to utilize our City’s […]
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  • NYC public school holds moment of silence for Gaza border victims

    By jwadmin on May 24, 2018
    NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Students at a selective New York City public school participated in a moment of silence for the Palestinian victims of violence on the Gazan border with Israel, angering some parents. The moment of silence was held recently ago at the Beacon School located in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan. The school “tends to lean […]
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  • Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver found guilty (again) of corruption

    By jwadmin on May 14, 2018
    NEW YORK CITY (JTA) — Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was again found guilty of federal corruption charges. The guilty verdict on Friday, May 11,  in Federal District Court in Manhattan came nearly a year after a federal appeals court overturned his first conviction on the same corruption charges. The original verdict was thrown out because the judge’s […]
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  • Rabbi Aaron Panken, HUC president, killed in plane crash

    By jwadmin on May 7, 2018
    NEW YORK  CITY (JTA) – Rabbi Aaron Panken, the president of Hebrew Union College, was killed piloting a small aircraft in the Hudson Valley area of New York state. MidHudson News reported that the plane crashed in a wooded area in the Town of Wawayanda, near the New Jersey border Saturday, May 5. A passenger, Frank Reiss, a flight instructor, was injured. An […]
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  • NY state triples STEM funding in private schools following push by Jewish lobbyists

    By jwadmin on April 5, 2018
    (JTA) –The newly passed New York state budget includes $15 million for STEM instruction in nonpublic schools, which supporters of Jewish day schools had lobbied for intensely. The increase appears in the $168 billion budget 2018-19 budget for the fiscal year 2019, which was passed Saturday and took effect on Sunday. It represents a 200 percent increase over the $5 […]
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